Pardew: We don’t want Newcastle’s Cisse to become like Torres
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew vows to prevent Papiss Cisse becoming like "poor old" Chelsea striker Fernando Torres
Alan Pardew has vowed to prevent Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse from becoming like “poor old” Chelsea striker Fernando Torres.
The Senegal international has only managed one goal in 10 Premier League games and has netted three times in 15 appearances in all competitions this term.
Cisse, 27, initially impressed after joining the Magpies in a £8m deal from Freiburg in January, scoring 13 league goals as he helped Newcastle to a fifth-place finish.
And Pardew is keen to get Cisse back firing again, with his side without a Premier League win in four games ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Stoke City.
“I am taking to him and trying to calm him, tell him that he’s still he same player and we are still very confident in him,” Pardew was quoted as saying by Press Association Sport.
“It’s only been a small period if you compare it to, say Torres’ period, but you would have to say it’s something we are going to have to keep an eye on because we don’t want it to end up like poor old Torres has ended up at times.
“He’s a great player, Papiss, and we want to get the best out of him.”
Pardew, who also confirmed Yohan Cabaye and Steven Taylor will be sidelined until February with injuries, admitted that the Magpies’ dip in form has affected spirits amongst his squad.
“It doesn’t help your mood. You have to lift yourself and look for the positives,” he continued.
“The training ground is a negative place, to a degree, because everyone is feeling a little bit sorry for themselves, and you have to shake that out and be professional about it.
“But it does affect your mood, you can’t help that, and there’s a determination on our training ground to put it right.
“We are going to one of the most difficult places there is to do that, but nevertheless, that’s what we are going to try to do.”